All Pregnant Women Should Get A Simple Flu Shot, As It Can Protect Women And Babies From The Flu And Risks And Complications Related To The Flu.
Last year's swine flu pandemic was hard on pregnant women. Government reports show that pregnant women account for only 1%...
Last year's swine flu pandemic was hard on pregnant women. Government reports show that pregnant women account for only 1% of the population they represented 5% of swine flu deaths. That's scary, and while we're not dealing with quite the same flu this year, health officials are still urging pregnant women to make sure they get their flu shot now, before flu become a devastating problem. A letter was just released to physicians and other health providers via the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and eight other medical groups. Key points of this letter include:
- All pregnant women should be urged to get a simple flu shot, as it can protect women and babies from the flu and risks and complications related to the flu.
- A basic influenza shot, made with killed virus, is safe during any trimester of pregnancy.
- Pregnant women should avoid the nasal spray vaccine FluMist, because it's made with a live virus.
- The flu vaccine is also safe for breastfeeding women - and all new mamas should also consider a flu shot this year.